March 21 2018

Google cancels staff meeting over fears of online harassment

March 21 2018, 12:36 | Geraldine Moore

Google cancels staff meeting over fears of online harassment

Google cancels staff meeting over fears of online harassment

Damore claimed in a complaint filed on Monday to the National Labor Relations Board that he had been subject to "coercive statements" at Google. Statistics may show that women tend to go toward certain jobs that are more people-oriented, but "that's only because that is what society tells us to do", 12-year-old Ashni said.

Still, he insisted that he he didn't "identify with the alt-right" and insisted he was "more of a centrist". The change seems to have come after The Wired said Harvard had confirmed that Damore did not complete his PhD.

"There was a concerted effort among upper management to have a very clear signal that what I did was harmful and wrong and didn't stand for Google". Otherwise, firms may end up with a employee base of which only a small minority is women, even when women make up a large minority of the suitable candidates. The host also said he believed critics targeted Damore in large part because he is a white man, and claimed white privilege is "the opposite of privilege".

Apart from Pichai, the memo was also denounced by Danielle Brown, Google's new vice president for diversity, integrity and governance. "He doesn't have to prove the allegation, just that he made the claim for the objective of advancing working conditions of himself and others".

Another question asked how to combat Damore's assertion that Google has a lower bar for diversity candidates.

The episode has become a flashpoint for wider debates over sexism and political correctness, which conservatives say suppresses dissenting voices in liberal bastions like Silicon Valley. Senior software engineer #James Damore stirred up a veritable hornet's nest with his manifesto.

Damore's publicly available biographical details, mostly from his LinkedIn profile, are not all true: He says that he has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Systems Biology, which his supporters frequently noted as a credential for him to talk about the biological differences between men and women. His stated reason was concern for the safety of Google employees should they decide to speak up at the meeting.

But the manifesto was specifically worded.

Damore has said that Google executives had "shamed" him for the views expressed in the memo.

"When an employee acts in a way that violates a code of conduct, in a way that creates a hostile environment for its employees, smart companies take action", said Jim Barnett.

Google's just-hired head of diversity, Danielle Brown, responded earlier with her own memo, saying that Google is "unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success".

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